Automatic drone operations and the future of remote asset inspections
Drone technology has impacted every industry that involves the collection of data on a large scale. The next step is to make these revolutionary tools work with greater autonomy in remote locations, without supervision. The introduction of the DJI Dock makes this possible. It is a durable, easy to set up, fully programmable base station for the base version of the Matrice 30 series. In other words, it’s everything you need for automated, repeatable drone workflow asset inspections and more.
Read on to learn about five features that make the DJI Dock the future of remote drone operations.
A drone dock that’s built to last
When continuous drone operations are a top priority, you need a solution you can rely on. DJI Dock is IP55 certified to operate in environments ranging from -35 to 50 degrees Celsius. If the weather turns bad during your mission, you (and your M30) are protected by internal waterproof components. If the weather is really too bad for the M30 to fly safely, the terminal will know, thanks to its integrated weather station.
DJI Dock’s self-sufficiency is based on longevity and intelligent redundancy features. There is an emergency battery inside. Even a sudden power outage won’t stop your drone from returning safely to base.
Our docks are designed to be exposed to the environment, so your team doesn’t have to. It will keep key tasks automated and on track 365 days a year.
Easy to set up, easy to maintain
DJI Dock is easy to set up and maintain. Despite being fully functional, it has a footprint of less than 1m2 and weighs only 90kg. Installation requires only four screws (one in each bottom corner), a power supply, an internet resource, and a few minutes to configure the DJI RC Plus.
DJI Dock’s health management system tracks its status 24/7 and notifies you via FlightHub 2 of anything unusual.
In the event of a problem, the entire dock is constructed of modular components, making repairs simple.
We recommend checking every six months to make sure the dock is free of dust, clean the M30’s sensors and install new batteries. Other than that and the flight instructions you give, the system is completely independent.
Smart charging and fast turnaround
After landing, the M30 can recharge and be back in the air within 25 minutes. This fast top-up allows for quick turnaround and 24/7 consistency.
This is achieved in part through the terminal’s internal climate control, or air-conditioning, system. When a drone lands, its battery is hot and needs to cool to an optimal temperature for optimal charging. Cool air is blown over the batteries to cool them down so each charge is as efficient as possible.
The DJI Dock has two charging modes that offer flexibility no matter your mission parameters and work to prioritize long-term battery health. The charging mode can be determined by when your next mission is scheduled to launch. Alert mode keeps the M30 charged at 80-90%, so it’s ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. Standard mode keeps the drone battery at a steady 50% between flights, but will automatically charge it up to capacity ahead of its next mission.
7 km flight radius and 40 minutes of flight time
Automated aerial persistence is built on two foundations: range and flight time. A single M30 Dock Version will cover an operational radius of seven kilometers with 40 minutes of flight time per mission.
From power lines and railways to bridges and cell towers, one DJI Dock enables inspections of assets across a vast area. For greater coverage, multiple docks can be stationed at intervals and programmed to provide coordinated data. Two docks are all that’s needed to have a drone in the air at all times.
The M30’s range and flight time also combine to enable persistent site security, along with a regular eye in the sky on large-scale engineering and construction projects.
Fully programmable with DJI FlightHub 2
DJI Dock operations are managed through FlightHub 2. You can use the application to set up flight plans and mission schedules, handle data storage and management and collaborate with your team on data processing. Everything from mission planning to data review can be carried out remotely. It’s an unprecedented level of cloud control and oversight for remote operations.
We’re also launching DJI Dock with Cloud API access that will open the platform up for third-party developers. Enterprise users will be able to develop their own solutions and integrate dock operations into existing workflows. In short, we’re giving operators full control over this game-changing capability.
The future of remote asset inspection
The DJI Dock and the M30 Dock Version represent the next wave of industrial innovation. For organizations that already use drones to inspect remote infrastructure, these powerful tools promise round-the-clock persistence, seamless integration into existing workflows, and highly capable solutions no matter the location or conditions.
For those that are yet to adopt drone technology, unsupervised and automatic missions are a cost-effective alternative to manual data gathering – whether you’re providing site security or surveying construction progress.
Many jurisdictions around the world currently place restrictions on BVLOS and unsupervised flights. We’re confident the DJI Dock will become a powerful force for change in that regard. With fully-programmable operations, unmatched durability, and smart redundancy features, this is the next step in drone innovation.
To discover the DJI Dock’s full specifications and register your interest, head to the DJI Dock page here: https://dronedubai.ae/dji-dock